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EADS sweetens in-flight sleep

 - July 17, 2010, 3:21 AM

Aircraft interiors specialist EADS Sogerma has some sweet sleep for sale. The Airbus subsidiary formally introduced its “Ultimate Sleeper” premium first- class bed at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg in May, promoting it as having “the comfort of a real bed.”

The Ultimate Sleeper is the product of an earlier partnership with Lufthansa Technik. The Hamburg-based cabin interiors specialist initially dubbed it the “aerosleeper,” part of Lufthansa’s concept of a superior variant of its super-first-class seat, the “Ultimate 17.”

The Ultimate Sleeper is integrated into a premium first-class suite and combines some of the features of the Harvey bed, a folding cabinet bed for which African-American entrepreneur Sarah Goode was granted a patent in 1885.

The Ultimate Sleeper mattress folds into two sections and when not in use slides vertically into a credenza built into the side of the suite. When deployed, it provides an 81-inch long, 30-inch wide, horizontal, full-flat surface with built-in, spring-metal comfort.

Adding to the comfort of the suite is an executive seat and a facing bench seat. A table folds out of a side pocket to allow sufficient workspace or dining area for two persons. The suite includes its own mini-bar, a small built-in hanging wardrobe, and a 30-inch high-definition monitor for entertainment or work. A sliding door allows privacy when desired.

The surrounding shell is composed of carbon fiber, described as “much lighter” than the composite material currently in use. EADS is already marketing the Ultimate Sleeper and expects it to be available within two years.